Woodblock Prints— Mokuhan insatsu

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This art form was developed in the last half of the seventeenth century, with artists and skilled carvers initially creating prints to satisfy the Japanese domestic market. Design of the woodblock print began with the artist painting a picture or design on thin paper. The carver then pasted this paper, face down, on a cherry wood block, and transferred the outline onto the wood with the use of gauges and other tools. Both sides of the block were used and a block was needed for each hue as a color separation was part of the delicate and laborious process. While the 20th century woodblock artists are regarded as some of the most collectable print artists. There are a few etchers, whose work is also highly prized.

mingeiarts has an ever evolving array of artists ranging from the early Ukiyo-e period “prints of the floating world” to the mid-twentieth century. Click on SHOP and go to our woodblock section to see items for sale.


Please enjoy the attached videos in an effort to gain a fuller perspective of the subject.

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